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Amar, Akhil Reed

Overview
Works: 55 works in 144 publications in 2 languages and 12,507 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  History  Documentary films  Constitution  Television programs  Historical television programs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: KF4541, 342.73085
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Most widely held works by Akhil Reed Amar
America's Constitution : a biography by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 2,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Yale Law School professor offers a thought-provoking analysis of the history and tenets of the U.S. Constitution, detailing the original intent of the creators of the document, answering questions about the text, and critically assessing the evolution of the Bill of Rights and all other amendments. In America's Constitution, one of this era's most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world's great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this "biography" of America's framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it. We all know this much: the Constitution is neither immutable nor perfect. Amar shows us how the story of this one relatively compact document reflects the story of America more generally. (For example, much of the Constitution, including the glorious-sounding "We the People," was lifted from existing American legal texts, including early state constitutions.) In short, the Constitution was as much a product of its environment as it was a product of its individual creators' inspired genius. Despite the Constitution's flaws, its role in guiding our republic has been nothing short of amazing. Skillfully placing the document in the context of late-eighteenth-century American politics, America's Constitution explains, for instance, whether there is anything in the Constitution that is unamendable; the reason America adopted an electoral college; why a president must be at least thirty-five years old; and why-for now, at least-only those citizens who were born under the American flag can become president. From his unique perspective, Amar also gives us unconventional wisdom about the Constitution and its significance throughout the nation's history. For one thing, we see that the Constitution has been far more democratic than is conventionally understood. Even though the document was drafted by white landholders, a remarkably large number of citizens (by the standards of 1787) were allowed to vote up or down on it, and the document's later amendments eventually extended the vote to virtually all Americans. We also learn that the Founders' Constitution was far more slavocratic than many would acknowledge: the "three fifths" clause gave the South extra political clout for every slave it owned or acquired. As a result, slaveholding Virginians held the presidency all but four of the Republic's first thirty-six years, and proslavery forces eventually came to dominate much of the federal government prior to Lincoln's election. Ambitious, even-handed, eminently accessible, and often surprising, America's Constitution is an indispensable work, bound to become a standard reference for any student of history and all citizens of the United States
The Bill of Rights : creation and reconstruction by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

31 editions published between 1900 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amar's landmark work invites citizens to a deeper understanding of their Bill of Rights and will set the basic terms of debate about it for modern lawyers, jurists, and historians for years to come. In our continuing battles over freedom of religion and expression, arms bearing, privacy, and state's rights, Amar concludes, we must hearken to both the Founding Fathers who created the Bill and their sons and daughters who reconstructed it
America's unwritten constitution : the precedents and principles we live by by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite its venerated place atop American law and politics, our written Constitution does not enumerate all of the rules and rights, principles and procedures that actually govern modern America. The document makes no explicit mention of cherished concepts like the separation of powers and the rule of law. On some issues, the plain meaning of the text misleads. For example, the text seems to say that the vice president presides over his own impeachment trial, but surely this cannot be right. As the author, a legal scholar explains, the solution to many constitutional puzzles lies not solely within the written document, but beyond it, in the vast trove of values, precedents, and practices that complement and complete the terse text. In this sequel to America's Constitution: A Biography, the author takes readers on a tour of our nation's unwritten Constitution, showing how America's foundational document cannot be understood in textual isolation. Proper constitutional interpretation depends on a variety of factors, such as the precedents set by early presidents and Congresses; common practices of modern American citizens; venerable judicial decisions; and particularly privileged sources of inspiration and guidance, including the Federalist papers, William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. These diverse supplements are indispensible instruments for making sense of the written Constitution. When used correctly, these extra-textual aids support and enrich the written document without supplanting it. This work presents a new vision of the American constitutional system, showing how the complementary relationship between the Constitution's written and unwritten components is one of America's greatest and most enduring strengths."--Jacket
For the people : what the constitution really says about your rights by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When serving on a jury, can you ever interpret the Constitution yourself? When threatened by your city's taking of your property, do you have any recourse aside from lobbying or voting the bums out in the next election? If you disagree with a Supreme Court decision, is there anything you can do? In this bold and groundbreaking book, Akhil Reed Amar and Alan Hirsch answer "yes" to these questions and invite you to rediscover your Constitution. Over time, our rich constitutional rights have been obscured, along with this essential truth: We own our government, and government officials operate at our discretion. To preserve that ownership, the Framers of the Constitution gave the People crucial rights and responsibilities - which, regrettably, have faded from view. At the ballot box, in the Jury room, and on the battlefield, the People wield far more rights than we generally realize. We - all of us, black and white, male and female, straight and gay - are sovereign in our own nation. We are the rulers; government officials are our servants. It is high time to rediscover the true meaning of our Constitution
The constitution and criminal procedure : first principles by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Akhil Amar examines the role of search warrants, the status of the exclusionary rule, self-incrimination theory and practice, and a host of Sixth Amendment trial-related rights. Through a close and original analysis of constitutional text, history, structure, and precedent - leavened with a healthy measure of common sense - he challenges conventional wisdom on a broad range of topics. He argues that the exclusion of reliable evidence in criminal trials is wrong in principle and in practice and that unlawfully seized evidence and fruits of immunized testimony should be constitutionally admissible in criminal trials. Deterrence of government misconduct should in general occur through civil damage suits and administrative sanctions rather than through criminal exclusion. Although addressed to lawyers, judges, and law students, this bold book ultimately targets a much broader audience of policymakers and citizens who seek to understand the principles of this controversial area of constitutional law
The law of the land : a grand tour of our constitutional republic by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Law of the Land, renowned legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar explores the most pressing questions in American jurisprudence through a close look at how our nation's geography has shaped its laws. Writing about Illinois, Amar discusses Lincoln's arguments against the legality of secession in the context of his upbringing on what was then the country's western frontier. Writing about New Jersey, he examines the career of Lord Camden, a British defender of the individual's rights against government intrusion, and the legacy of Camden's beliefs in that state's laws. Writing about Florida, Amar shows how a close look at the workings of the state legislature and state supreme court reveals the fundamental wrongness of the Bush v. Gore decision. His essay about gun-loving Utah, meanwhile, is a subtle examination of the second amendment that will infuriate both sides in the debate. Other states covered within include Iowa, Ohio, Massachusetts, Alabama, California, Kansas, and New York"--
The constitution today : timeless lessons for the issues of our era by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Constitution Today preeminent legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar examines the collision between the U.S. Constitution's grand temporal ambitions and the tight deadlines of the popular press by reviewing how he himself has intervened as a vocal commentator on the biggest and most bitterly contested constitutional issues of the last quarter century. Assembled here along with new reflective essays, Amar's commentary looks to the U.S. Constitution's text, history, and structure for the specific rules and grand themes relevant to every vital organ of the American body politic"--
The Bill of Rights primer : a citizen's guidebook to the American Bill of Rights by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: A valuable reference to understanding your freedoms. Many Americans reference the Bill of Rights, a document that represents many of the freedoms that define the United States. Who doesn't know about the First Amendment's freedom of religion or Second Amendment's right to bear arms? In this pocket-sized volume, Akhil Reed Amar and Les Adams offer a wealth of knowledge about the Bill of Rights that goes beyond a basic understanding. The Bill of Rights Primer is an authoritative guide to all American freedoms. Uncluttered and well-organized, this text is perfect for those who want to study up on the Bill of Rights without needing a law degree to do so. This elementary guidebook presents a short historical survey of the people, events, decrees, legislation, writings, and cultural milestones, in England and the American colonies, that influenced the Founding Fathers as they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. With helpful comments and fun facts in the margins, the book will provide a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, exhibiting that it is not a stagnant document but one with an evolving meaning shaped by historical events, such as the American Civil War and Reconstruction
The Constitution today : timeless lessons for the issues of our era by Akhil Reed Amar( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the stories that lead our daily news involve momentous constitutional questions, present-minded journalists and busy citizens cannot always see the stakes clearly. In The Constitution Today, Akhil Reed Amar, America's preeminent constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades--from gun control to gay marriage, affirmative action to criminal procedure, presidential dynasties to Congressional dysfunction, Bill Clinton's impeachment to Obamacare. He shows how the Constitution's text, history, and structure are a crucial repository of collective wisdom, providing specific rules and grand themes relevant to every organ of the American body politic. Leading listeners through the particular constitutional questions at stake in each episode while outlining his abiding views regarding the Constitution's letter, its spirit, and the direction constitutional law must go, Amar offers an essential guide for anyone seeking to understand America's Constitution and its relevance today
Celebrating the 225th anniversary of Massachusetts Constitution of 1780( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's Constitution : a biography by Akhil Reed Amar( Recording )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[In this book, the author provides an] analysis of the history and tenets of the U.S. Constitution, detailing the original intent of the creators of the document, answering questions about the text, and critically assessing the evolution of the Bill of Rights and all other amendments. [He] gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world's great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this "biography" of America's framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it. We all know this much: the Constitution is neither immutable nor perfect. [He] shows us how the story of this one relatively compact document reflects the story of America more generally. (For example, much of the Constitution, including the glorious-sounding "We the People," was lifted from existing American legal texts, including early state constitutions.) In short, the Constitution was as much a product of its environment as it was a product of its individual creators' inspired genius. Despite the Constitution's flaws, its role in guiding our republic has been nothing short of amazing. Skillfully placing the document in the context of late-eighteenth-century American politics, America's Constitution explains, for instance, whether there is anything in the Constitution that is unamendable; the reason America adopted an electoral college; why a president must be at least thirty-five years old; and why-for now, at least-only those citizens who were born under the American flag can become president. From his unique perspective, [he] also gives us unconventional wisdom about the Constitution and its significance throughout the nation's history. For one thing, we see that the Constitution has been far more democratic than is conventionally understood. Even though the document was drafted by white landholders, a remarkably large number of citizens (by the standards of 1787) were allowed to vote up or down on it, and the document's later amendments eventually extended the vote to virtually all Americans. We also learn that the Founders' Constitution was far more slavocratic than many would acknowledge: the "three fifths" clause gave the South extra political clout for every slave it owned or acquired. As a result, slaveholding Virginians held the presidency all but four of the Republic's first thirty-six years, and proslavery forces eventually came to dominate much of the federal government prior to Lincoln's election. Ambitious, even-handed, eminently accessible, and often surprising, America's Constitution is an indispensable work, bound to become a standard reference for any student of history and all citizens of the United States
The good of the many : gun control and individual rights( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protection of individual freedoms has long been the hallmark of American democracy. But at what point does the good of the many outweigh the freedom of the individual? This program examines the specific issue of gun ownership as an example of the ongoing tension between individual rights and the orderly functioning of American society. Larry Pratt, Congressman Bill Carter and Professor Akhil Amar are featured
History of the 14th Amendment( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the centennial anniversary of John Bingham, historians and scholars discussed his life and career. The late congressman crafted the 14th Amendment which officially ended slavery. Among the topics addressed were his devotion to the law and equity, his views of sectional politics, and the tension between federal and state rights
The Constitution of the United States by National Constitution Center (U.S.)( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Election 2000, epilogue( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Panel discussion of the political and legal issues surrounding the aftermath of the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Includes discussion of the sequence of events in the Florida vote-counting controversy, the legal strategies employed by the presidential campaigns, the differences between political and legal solutions to the problem, and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in ending the dispute
Popular Sovereignty and constitutional emendment by Akhil Reed Amar( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architexture by Akhil Reed Amar( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xian fa yu xing shi su song : ji ben yuan li by Akhil Reed Amar( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2000 Daniel J. Meador lecture : Hugo Black and the hall of fame by Akhil Reed Amar( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitution USA : with Peter Sagal( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Sagal speaks with Akhil Reed Amar about the importance of the 14th Amendment
 
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America's Constitution : a biography
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The Bill of Rights : creation and reconstructionFor the people : what the constitution really says about your rightsThe constitution and criminal procedure : first principles